In the 2010 earthquake which struck Haiti, close to 300,000 people lost their lives. Our church has been involved in an area of Haiti, north of Port au Prince, called Canaan. It is a mountainous, desert area that the Haitian government had given to the victims of the earthquake who were tent dwellers in Port au Prince. There was no church, no school, no medical facilities and no infrastructure in that region. But since 2014, with the overwhelming support of many friends, family members, and some churches from NEDA, God has allowed us to plant a church, to build a school, to build a clinic, and to build cisterns in order to respond to some of the physical, social, and spiritual needs of the people in Canaan. It has been wonderful to see what God has done in that area. I thank all of you who have prayed and supported the Canaan ministry in Haiti one way or another.
In addition to the contributions from a couple of churches during disasters, teams from three churches have had the opportunity to visit and to minister first hand in Canaan through construction, Vacation Bible school and preaching and teaching. They are: Grace Church from East Dennis, Mass. led by pastor David Johnson, Covenant Life Church from Middletown, CT, led by pastor Pete Zipf, and Community of Grace from Westbrook, Maine, led by pastor Ken Macleod. This Summer, Trinity Evangelical Church from Windsor, Vermont, led by Paul Voltmer, will be the fourth church from NEDA that will minister in Haiti with us. The team will be involved in preaching and teaching, Vacation Bible School, construction, visiting ministry and other ministries as God leads.
Other churches, such as Barre Evangelical church, in Vermont, Hope International Church and Valley Christian Church, both from Massachusetts, while not having sent visiting teams yet, have fully supported every annual ministry project at Canaan such as wedding, water, medical, and construction ministries.
This summer, our construction ministry is the building of a large multipurpose community room adjacent to the clinic that will serve as a shelter for the community during hurricanes and violence in lower Port au Prince, a family waiting room during the regular vaccination drive by the Haitian Red Cross, a reception room for wedding celebrations, and a meeting room for leadership seminars. The foundation has been laid already. About $ 7500.00 will bring it to completion. We are inviting you to make this dream a reality through a generous contribution for this summer ministry. Our team will leave on July 2 and return July 9, 2019
Another urgent and most important prayer need is to have Bibles available for each child for morning devotions in school along with a teacher for regular Bible lessons throughout the curriculum. Adults in general have Bibles at home, but it is too expensive for families to provide Bibles to their children, and in many cases prohibitively expensive.
Three hundred bibles will cost approximately $3000.00 US dollars, a one time expense, and a Bible teacher's salary will be about $2400.00 for the year. This constitutes our greatest spiritual need at this time.
As you are thinking of Canaan:
1. Keep us in your prayers for the Lord to provide for the Summer ministry, for the safety of our team in Haiti, and the success of the ministry.
2. Keep us in your prayers for the Lord to provide Bibles for the children in schools so that each child will have a Bible.
3. Keep us in your prayers for the academic year September 2019 to June 2020 for the Lord to provide $2400.00 a month for teachers salary (12 teachers and aids), and $1400.00 a month for feeding about 300 kids.
Any NEDA church can provide a one time gift to any ministry or a recurring gift toward the teachers' salary or the food ministry. Above all, keep us in your prayers for the Lord to allow more teams and leaders from NEDA churches to visit Canaan, and to bless Canaan as they will certainly be blessed.
We do need your urgent prayers and your support as we will be heading to Haiti this July. I can be contacted at 617-893-0563 or by text or by email. Any contribution may be sent to
Elim Evangelical Church... memo line Canaan
89 Albee street, Fitchburg, MA 01420
God Bless! -Arthur Demosthenes, Pastor